Denomination urged to trust, share leadership

Don’t be surprised if you hear church leaders use the phrase “adaptive leadership” multiple times during the next four years. That phrase served as the recurring theme of the 2013 Quadrennial Training Event, which drew nearly 1,000 United Methodists to the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17-20. Put another way, the gathering attracted […]

Couples share how ‘Methodist destiny’ brought them together

Matthew Oates and Jennifer Dobbs were born a few months apart in the same hospital. They grew up a few miles apart in southern Indiana; they even went to the same orthodontist. But they never met. They both attended Purdue University from 1996 to 2000, and while there, were involved in various United Methodist ministries. […]

Still there, UM Connectional Table starts anew

The new Connectional Table—a United Methodist governing body that had expected to be defunct by now—met to organize for the next four years. The gathering Jan. 15-17 in Nashville, Tenn., set the tone for the denomination’s leadership for the next four years and may have offered a prelude to proposals that will go before the […]

UM agency leaders welcome news that Boy Scouts may end ban on gay scouts, leaders

Editor’s note: At the bottom of this story is a further statement issued Jan. 31 by Gilbert Hanke of United Methodist Men. Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — welcomed news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its decades-long ban […]

Leaders: Ethnic diversity critical to church future

CHICAGO—Just about everyone agrees that the United Methodist Church needs to draw more people and younger people to reverse decades of declining membership in the United States. Add to the list the need to bring more people of color into the United Methodist fold. That was an overarching theme of a Nov. 29-Dec. 1 meeting […]

Sen. Inouye remembered by fellow United Methodists

United Methodists are remembering Sen. Daniel K. Inouye not just as a World War II hero and a longtime U.S. senator from Hawaii but also as a fellow church member respected for his integrity and commitment to fairness. “Throughout his life and career, Sen. Inouye was an advocate for the underrepresented and marginalized persons of […]

Star of Bethlehem: Exploring the mystery

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the reign of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’” (Matthew 2:1-2, Common English Bible) Just about every […]

UM Bishop Mack B. Stokes dies at 100

Bishop Mack B. Stokes, who taught thousands of preachers and helped desegregate Mississippi United Methodists, died Nov. 21 in Perdido Key, Fla. He was 100. Before his election to the episcopacy, he taught for 31 years at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, where he was the school’s first Parker Professor of Systemic […]

Seminaries must face life without Cokesbury stores

In her first year as a seminary student, Shelly Gonzales has come to rely on the campus Cokesbury store as a sort of unofficial student union—a place where she can get needed guidance, meet friends and even enjoy the occasional splurge on fair-trade chocolate. “For students, it’s having that personal touch of people who can […]

Bishops hold closed meeting to start quadrennium

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. Among roughly 125 active and retired bishops planning to attend the event at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga., the 14 new episcopal leders, who […]